TBH Lesson Plan

Lesson Title: What’s Cookin’ at Honey Creek?

Subject: Texas History

Grade level: 4th (includes 4th grade TEKS, but can easily be adapted to 7th grade)

Rationale or Purpose: This lesson introduces students to the process of prehistoric hot rock cooking in earth ovens on the Edwards Plateau of Texas.


Lesson Duration: 45 min.

Objectives: Students will

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS):

Social Studies, 4th grade


Step 1: Introduce students to the Edwards Plateau region of Texas where the Honey Creek archeological site is located by displaying the Honey Creek Map Transparency. Point out that the Honey Creek site is in the Edwards Plateau region of Texas, an area of limestone hills, and many creeks.

Step 2: Inform students that the Honey Creek site was visited intermittently by prehistoric nomadic hunting and gathering peoples from Late Paleoindian times (around 7,000 B.C., or 9,000 years ago) to historic times. Point out that these groups of Native Americans were not, for the most part, yet organized into the familiar tribes we know today, such as the Apache and Comanche.

Step 3: Distribute the What’s Cookin’ at Honey Creek? student handout. Read page 1 of it aloud with students.

Step 4: Log onto the to the Texas Beyond History website at www.texasbeyondhistory.net

Step 5: Click on Honey Creek on the interactive map.

Step 6: Have students complete page 2 of the handout, using the Texas Beyond History exhibit, ‘What’s for Dinner?’ at http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/kids/dinner/index.html.

Modification: Fill in 3 or 4 of the 7 sequenced steps on the student handout.

Student Product: Completed What’s Cookin’ at Honey Creek? student handout

Closure: Ask students to list as many modern cooking methods as they can. Answers may include gas and electric stoves, microwaves, convection ovens, gas and charcoal grills, toasters, etc. Then ask them to predict how foods might be cooked 100 years from now. 1,000 years from now?

Assessment or evaluation: Have students read their sequencing answers aloud and check each other’s work. The correct answers are in the following sequence: 5,4,9,6,2,10,1,7,3,8

Extensions :

Explore the rest of the ‘What’s for Dinner?’ exhibit: http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/kids/dinner/index.html#main

Learn more about burned rock middens at the Camp Bowie site: http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/bowie/index.html

Learn more about natural resources used by native peoples in the Texas Plateaus and Canyonlands, Nature’s Harvest exhibit.

Carol Schlenk

University of Texas Archeological Research Laboratory

Austin , Texas

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